Controversial South African preacher and pastor of the Enlightened Christian Gathering Church, Prophet Shepherd Bushiri, his wife, Prophetess Mary Bushiri were on Thursday released unconditionally by a court in Lilongwe, Malawi .
The pastor and his wife had escaped from South Africa, where they are based, after authorities went after them, but handed themselves over to the police in Area 30, Lilongwe, Malawi on Wednesday.
The controversial pastor shared the news of the Malawi court ruling on his Facebook Page.
Magistrate Nyimba, sitting in Lilongwe Magistrates court ordered the immediate release of the leaders of Enlightened Christian Gathering Church.
The court added that Prophet Bushiri and Prophetess Mary Bushiri’s arrests were illegal and they must be unconditionally released. The ruling added that should they be required to appear in court, the state must proceed by way of summons.
Prophet Bushiri and Prophetess Mary escaped to Malawi to preserve their lives after “credible”attempts to kill them were made in South Africa.
The duo will remain in Lilongwe while fighting for their justice.
Speaking after his release, Prophet Bushiri said it was “A victory for God”.
“This is not a victory for me. It is not a victory for my lawyers. It is not a victory for the church, it is a victory for God.”
Prophet Bushiri thanked the thousands of people from all over the world and Malawians who throned the court in numbers to support him.
He said, “My wife and I appeared before the Magistrate Court today following the decision we took to hand ourselves to Malawi Police on Wednesday after we heard that law enforcement agencies were looking for us.
“In his ruling the magistrate ordered that my wife and I must be released unconditionally because our arrest was illegal.
“Further, the Magistrate also ruled that whenever they have a case against my wife and I we should appear before Court through summon not arrest.
“I am also informed that some of my assets in South Africa have been confiscated by authorities to which I say: “My right to life is more important than any asset in this world.”
“Whatever has happened today, I don’t see it as our victory neither our lawyers. God has won.
“Tomorrow is better than today!